Always aiming to please the ever-expanding allergy community, Enjoy Life Foods added very crunchy chips to their line-up last year in some enticing flavors. But rather than going the ordinary route with plain old potato, Plentils are lentil-based.
The twisted Plentils squares are made simply with lentil powder, potato starch, safflower oil and seasonings. They are lightly “puffed” yet very crunchy, thick, and hearty, with a pleasing nutrition profile for those of us who like big servings – you get about 30 sizable chips!
Plentils come in several intriguing flavors for those of us who forgo dairy. We first trialed the Dill & Sour Cream, which started out strong, with a nice little herb and vinegar tang, but the lentil backdrop tended to overwhelm a touch and the flavor didn’t finish with the punch that I’ve come to expect from dairy-free flavored chips. For us, the Margherita Pizza was more of a hit. The warm, earthy flavor that did hint at a cheesy tomato pizza seemed to meld a bit better with the hearty lentil base. It was good, but not in-your-face-flavor.
Though better than traditional chips in the calorie, fat, and even protein department (about 3 grams per serving), I wouldn’t classify Plentils as a superfood, but a relatively wholesome snack to indulge in periodically. Also, I would tread lightly with consumption. More than a few of us reported stomachaches when we crunched on even a few too many Plentils in one sitting.
Certifications: Plentils are Certified Vegan, Gluten-Free, Kosher Pareve, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Plentils are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Enjoy Life Foods website at www.enjoylifefoods.com.